Oh Look! Another Dying Anonymous Conservative Montana Blog (Or Two)

Back in December, we took a look at the peculiar habit of Montana Republicans to create and abandon political blogs after a handful of inflammatory and inaccurate posts. In that post, we highlighted the Montana Pundit blog, which died less than a month later, its last post appearing on January 16.

Since that time, two new anonymous conservative sites have arrived in the Montana blogosphere,  Montana Floodlight and Copper Commando. The former is a reasonably active site where the so-called “Responsible Republicans” are attempting to answer the reactionary wing of the party. The latter? A more typical entry from Montana Republican bloggers: anonymous, fact-free, and likely short-lived.

While the site is, of course, cloaked in anonymity, despite the Republican handwringing about other anonymous blogs, it purports to be the work oftumblr_n21ydoAfiM1rwdkwoo1_500 some of the Montana Young Guns, who, when they’re not posting eminently mockable memes, have decided to post truly puzzling observations, like this claim that Verizon should provide location services without collecting location information from consumers:

Humans simply don’t want to be forced to give up privacy rights to use that technology.  A great example is the cellphone; should the citizens of Montana make a choice between using their cellphone, thus giving Verizon (and the NSA) their GPS location / conversations / etc., or being a Luddite who has a modicum of privacy?

That these young guns are more interested in protecting the privacy of their cell phones than the privacy of women seeking medical care should come as no surprise.

Hop over to the Copper Commando soon, because if history is any guide, this site will last about as long as a drone over Matt Rosendale’s ranch.


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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba has been writing about Montana politics since 2005 and teaching high school English since 2000. He's a former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.
His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.
In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.


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  • We’ll have to get that sleuth, Cowgirl, to find out who the anonymous writes are behind these blogs. Might it be the state Republican Party? She’d have a scoop!

  • Regarding our comment on privacy, we’re simply asking that there be an option for Montana citizens to operate in the 21st century while still being afforded the societal respect of privacy.  Your following comment regarding women’s (or do you prefer to spell it womyn?) rights isn’t really germane to our post.  We aren’t really saying it isn’t important, but it is shoddy commentary that works to distract the reader and create a talking point where there doesn’t need to be.

    As for your premature call of our demise we can only quote Mark Twain, “The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.”  We’d love to play catch me if you can; though we highly doubt you’d do any catching.

  • My take on the “Copper Commandos”:  Youthful Internet tough guys/mall ninjas trying to find their way.  If (or rather when) they give it up, it won’t be because they don’t think they have something to say.  They obviously think they do.  It will be because they have offered nothing that a good conservative can sink their teeth into. They have no links, they have no allies, and they are really not even good at the red meat attacks on ‘Libruls’.  Their ‘issue of concern’ is completely vacuous, devoid of any real understanding of the world we have no choice to embrace in 2014.  I’m certain they think that cellphone privacy will speak to a younger generation, but quite seriously don’t get that the time for their narrow view has passed.  They are a distraction, and a very hollow one at that.

  • Copper comandoss dribble is already pervasive, and lackkuster in journalism enough to get a good chuckle from me.

  • Did you see how they explained them selves???

    These guys are a joke. I Already looked at the Backend of their site and they are using Buddypress from WordPress! They are on the the word press server don’t even own their own. Some privacy experts??????

    In fact I am writing what I wrote on their site because you cant post until after they moderate your post:

    “Pastebin???? Listen if your gonna play act like some WHite hat Hackers, at least back up what you say with a sign in to a paste bin. I’m looking at your back pages now, its just a simple PHP pages for wordpress.
    So your whole premise of privacy is a lie???”

    Clearly they aren’t really in for first Amendment speech either with that moderate first, might let you post later scenario?

    Just saying!!!

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